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December 06, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA)

Statement by the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) on the passing of Tata Nelson Mandela

Passing on of Tata Nelson Mandela

Hamba Kahle Mkhonto. It is now our turn to Fight.

The YCLSA (uFasimba) learned with great sadness last night of the passing away of a revolutionary freedom fighter, Commander in Chief of Umkhonto Wesizwe, leader of the ANC and of South Africans and Isithwalandwe, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Tata Mandela’s peaceful passing, although after a long illness, remains a wound in the hearts and minds of South Africans of all race, class and gender as he played a crucial role in the defeat of apartheid and became the first democratically elected President in 1994.

Tata’s death also comes a few months before the 20th Anniversary of our democratic dispensation and on the eve of the 5th national general elections next year.

Although Tata dedicated most of his life after his release to the unity of our country, and the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society, the social ills imposed on our society by apartheid still remains prevalent.

These challenges, and those of unemployment, poverty and inequality, do not represent a defeat on the legacy and struggle of Tata Mandela, but a clarion call to the current generation that “It is our time to Fight” to ensure that his ideals lives on.

In the name and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the mantle of struggle falls on the current generation of youth to take forth the struggle to build the type of society that Nelson Mandela said he was prepared to die for.

As others proclaim that in his death the spear has fallen, we should be the first as the youth of this country to ensure that we pick it up and continue with the struggle.

As others say that the candle has been blown by the strong winds of death, we the youth, know that the source of light of our candle comes from that of Tata Mandela and with it, irrespective of our race, class and gender; shall use it to brighten a better South Africa.

A South Africa of Tata Mandela, even in his death, shall be that of common prosperity, peace, democracy and national unity.

We are aware that there are those who have been spreading a “swaart gevaar” suggesting that when Tata Mandela dies, there will be an attack by blacks on their fellow white South Africans.

This is misplaced and naïve. Irrespective of the inequalities, poverty and want that we find ourselves as a society, we also shared in the vision of Tata Mandela, that of resolving our racial, class and gender contradictions in the most peaceful of avenues available.

We shall not allow his legacy to be ruined in exchange for temporary political fortunes.

On behalf of the YCLSA, I extend my profound condolences to his family and those dearest to him, the ordinary South African.

Robala ka Khotso.
The Struggle Continues.

Issued on behalf of Young Communists by Buti Manamela
National Secretary of the YCLSA

For more information contact:
Khaya Xaba
YCLSA National Spokesperson
Cell: 071 115 4619

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